WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital today officially opened its newly renovated emergency department, complete with a new behavioral health care suite, new Fast Track exam rooms and a redesigned registration and waiting room.
The project is designed to improve services to behavioral health patients, patients who need quick attention for non-critical illnesses or injuries such as cuts or earaches, and all patients as they are assessed for care in the emergency department.
“The renovations help us to better serve Lebanon County patients, by streamlining, expanding and focusing our care,” said Harry Padilla, director of clinical services, nursing administration, at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.
Begun in June, the $740,000 project was sparked by the need to add dedicated behavioral health care rooms to the emergency department. The new suite features four rooms, a quiet room, a nurses’ station and two bathrooms for the growing number of behavioral health patients served by the emergency department.
The suite is locked, self-contained and offers a quieter care environment for behavioral health patients, Padilla said. WellSpan Good Samaritan is adding six registered nurses and six patient care technicians to staff the suite. WellSpan Philhaven will provide training for the new staff.
The addition of the dedicated suite at WellSpan Good Samaritan follows other efforts to improve and expand emergency care for behavioral health patients both at Good Samaritan and across the WellSpan system. WellSpan recently added a 10-room behavioral health suite to the emergency department at WellSpan York Hospital and full-time behavioral health clinicians at both WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.
The latest renovations to WellSpan Good Samaritan’s emergency department also included the addition of four new Fast Track rooms and the refurbishing of two Fast Track rooms, giving the department a total of seven rooms. Fast Track, which treats up to 50 patients a day, is designed for those who have less critical needs such as sprains, minor cuts, sore throats or earaches.
The renovations also included a redesign of the emergency department’s patient registration and waiting area, to increase privacy for incoming patients and streamline their registration process.
“We now have more capacity to see these patients, to provide them with the care they need in a more efficient and patient-centered environment,” Padilla said.
The Francis J. Dixon Foundation gave a gift of $100,000 for the current expansion project. The Foundation also gave a gift of $500,000 in April 2000 as part of a broader hospital expansion project.
That gift was dedicated to expanding the emergency department, which was then named the Francis J. Dixon Foundation Emergency Department.
By the numbers:
: Project cost
: Number of patient rooms in the new behavioral health care suite
: Number of staff added for behavioral health care suite
: Number of new Fast Track rooms
: Total number of Fast Track rooms
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.